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San Fran Takes Parking Meters Up a Notch

Parking in San Francisco, like any major city, is a serious challenge. So challenging that in the midst of circling, and circling, and circling to find a suitable spot, one can have plenty of time to wonder why they have a car at all, especially if that circling comes during high demand times like rush hours and how much viagra lunch hours. Then, of course, there is the issue of overnight storage, and the issue of finding someone to vouch your parking pass, and the issue of running out of time on your meter…and the issue of parking on a hill when you drive a stick shift...but I digress on that one.

To address the parking beast, San Francisco is launching a $23 million pilot program, SFpark, that will allow it to dip its toes into changing demand for parking during high demand parking periods. The pilot program is funded primarily by the federal government, who is i recommend buy viagra 50 mg pitching in $18 million and will be helping fund a few more of these projects nationwide.

For one year, the city will experiment with smart meters that raise and lower the price of parking according to demand. It will utilize this on about 25% of curbside parking meters, and the nearly 12,000 spaces in lots and garages managed by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. During off-peak times, parking is cheap, and during peak times, the prices are raised so that demand is lowered to equal the order levitra from canada supply of buy generic levitra spots. The idea is that if you’re going to drive, and you have some hefty pocket change, you’ll be able to find a spot and you won’t double park or slow up traffic by following someone who looks like they might be leaving their parking spot that ends up being located about three blocks down. The program will also include some tech-y additions, like being able to pay via cell phone, getting text messages when your meter is about to buy levitra online run out, and getting a little extra on the time limits during off-peak parking hours. Additionally, you won’t have to drive around to find a spot, because sensors embedded in the asphalt will track when parking spots are empty so that you can check the availability of spots via the Internet.

Should the program be a success, San Francisco will consider launching it city-wide. It does make driving seem more like a privilege of the elite, considering you have to pay some serious bucks to park during peak hours. But it could mean fewer cars on we recommend use levitra the city streets (equaling less toxic emissions), eased congestion thanks to drivers planning a little in advance to make it to off-peak rates (equaling a little money saved on gas), and I expect it will also greatly boost the use of public transportation, which is good news for the massive eco-friendly MUNI system San Francisco is installing. Perhaps we’ll even see bonus rates for hybrid owners and other perks for eco-conscious drivers. And perhaps tech additions will include finding empty spots via your car’s GPS so you’re not fiddling with your handheld while trying to drive. If smart meters work, SF could take a lead solving big city parking dilemmas – and meanwhile, pocket change-less me might be hoofing it next time I visit.

Via WorldChanging, SFGate

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Just ban them all
written by Clinch, June 19, 2008
They should just ban cars from big cities altogether, and invest the $23million in to a better public transport system.

But that aside, alternate payment systems are a good idea, as is the locating a free space from he internet (as this particularly would reduce driving around, which in turn reduces pollution) but all the variable pricing concept means, is that rich people are going to get better parking.
I'd rather it charged more for cars that have a bad bad mileage/efficiency/economy, and less for people carpooling.
written by Ali, June 19, 2008
This is buy tramadol money order the most absurd, illogical, poorly thought out idea I have ever heard of.

Forgetting the privacy concerns of paying for parking via mobile phones given the ID-tied payment systems for new public transport systems, credit card systems in Taxis, and automatic toll payment systems... Installing sensors in order to show free parking spots on the web? Are they bonkers? If the situation is bad enough to need it, there's no way that you can use that information.
And variable pricing. Really? I mean, do you think I'm going to give up and go back home because it's a peak period? Hint: Peak periods are peak for a reason - people want to be in places at the same time because they work together.

Anyway, people will simply look at the outputted bill. Being paid on a mobile means less physical interaction with the money and generic viagra cheap therefore more separation from the cost anyway, so not only is it a moot point, but it's a complex and unnecessary calculation that just makes parking harder than it should be.

The thing that surprises me most is that a green blog is suggesting this is a positive thing. It means

1. When I'm worrying about my running meter I usually rush things. This means I'm prone to forget things. This means I may need to return. More CO2. The rush to buy viagra pills the car often puts me in an agressive mood which can affect my driving style. More CO2.

2. Empty spaces due to reduced time spent in those spaces is an increase in capacity enabling more trips (more CO2) in the same amount of real estate.

3. The price of parking for those continuing to drive with $4/gal gas is cost of propecia going to be a 'maintainence factor' during peak times - deducted from earned salaries/wages on an hourly basis as a cost of order generic cialis work. During non-peak times, prices can actually be a deciding factor, as people during those times are more likely to be seeking entertainment or visiting family. These trips (non-time-sensitive) are the ones that should occur on public transit, but instead, the system encourages people to take these trips in cars by offering cut-price rates.
internet connected GPS
written by doug, June 19, 2008
I'm not so sure about the variable pricing etc, but this sounds like an excellent application for network connected GPS devices such as the Dash Express. I would love to be directed to the nearest open parking spot. On the flip slide, meter maids could be directed to occupied spots with expired meters.
Just improve public transport!!
written by EnviroGadget, June 19, 2008
Until we see realistic improvements in public transport, all this novelty car parking schemes are fruitless!
Dynamic Pricing is great.
written by Papa Hotel, June 19, 2008
This sounds like a great idea.

When people are forced to cheap viagra online usa pay the full price for the resources they use, all of buy viagra on line a sudden things stop getting wasted. If 1pm parking is a more valuable resource than 8pm parking, it should cost more and be used more efficiently.

One study (The Power of Five Percent) demonstrates how dynamic pricing in electric rates help everyone save money and prevent pollution.
written by Robbert, June 19, 2008
Here in the Netherlands most cities now have the possibility to pay for parking by cell-phone. It works quite well and is generally cheaper (even with the overhead fee) than just paying as you only pay for the time you're actually parked. (That is, if you don't forget to log out, which is why the buy cialis online pharmacy 2-hourly SMS message reminders are greatly appreciated).
The bills are Emailed every day at midnight.
The fact that it's an in actual A4 PDF bill format, actually makes you realise more how much you are spending.

We also have variable pricing in Amsterdam. This works quite wel, as people are able to park for short shopping stops, and long time parking is much more expensive.
I agree
written by The Food Monster, June 19, 2008
with Clinch,
Ban cars inside large (over 2 million) city limits, and get this reliable public transportation up and running.
written by Proud Human Supremacist, June 19, 2008
Ban all cars? Do you people ever leave the city? Do you ever buy anything large or shop at SAMs Club? Do they just not exist there? Sure upgrading public transportation is great, but taking away the freedom that comes with owning a car is crazy. If you want to live in a communist country where the government controls and does everything then move to one.

About the actual post, I wouldn't want that kind of information going over cell phone messages. They aren't exactly the most secure means of communication.
written by Josh, June 20, 2008
Proud human Supremacist: Hey, at least you copped to the fact that you're a Wal Mart frequenter. And it only took you 2 lines to do so!

Not looking to vaporize all cars, just keep them out of, or minimize them in, dense urban landscapes. Park 'em on the perimeter, drive 'em when you need to go pick up your widescreen tv or 800 rolls of toilet paper at Wally World. Or, better yet, participate in a car sharing program for those, um, necessities.

Smart pricing and relying on supply/demand to decrease the circling of cars sounds like a great idea. Prices for spots where people may need to walk a bit or jump on mass transit will be cheaper. Those who *must* drive will be able to do so, and park quickly... but it'll be expensive enough during peak that they'll use other methods when possible.
written by Proud Human Supremacist, June 20, 2008
What's wrong with Wal Mart? Believe it or not, Sam Walton didn't simply wake up one day and create this evil empire. He just did something very well and no one else could really compete. If he hadn't, we wouldn't have anywhere near the quality of life we have now.
@ Robert
written by 0x0065, June 20, 2008
Maybe they should just admit they didn't invent something & use the system from the Netherlands...
...maybe they are & just intend to 'invent' the USA one.
The High Cost of Free Parking
written by Boris, June 23, 2008
There is an amazing book called "The High Cost of Free Parking" which discusses exactly what the title suggests. The idea in a nutshell is that if there are free parking spots available, people will circle for over half an hour trying to find it - thus creating unnecessary traffic and cialisbest cialis air pollution. The solution is viagra no rx of course simple - eliminate all free parking. This way you will park as close to where you need to go as possible, pay for as much as you need - and not stay longer than need be!
written by boohoo, June 23, 2008
There is an amazing book called "The High Cost of Free Parking"

Dr Shoup is an economist that teaches in an urban planning department. Econ is a useful discipline in Planning, but not the be all end all. He didn't get his AICP until 2004, so I would guess he has had little interaction with public and private sector urban planner and transportation engineers. It is possible to earn this distinction by teaching alone (most planners have to work for many years on varied types of projects to do the same). I would like to see if any transportations models support his position (FYI a lot of these programs are proprietary and staff that use it are highly paid, so essentially he would not be privy to many "trade secrets" of the industry)
Gradual car use
written by EnviroGadget, June 23, 2008
The idea in a nutshell is that if there are free parking spots available, people will circle for over half an hour trying to find it - thus creating unnecessary traffic and air pollution.

In the last 70 years or so, we've increasingly become reliant on cars rather than other modes of transport. This has bred laziness and avoids the issue of tackling other transport methods. Regardless of the fee or not, I've seen people furiously compete for a parking spot. Most noticeably in UK cities.
written by heimer, June 06, 2009
The above thought is smart and doesn’t require any further addition. It’s perfect thought from my side.

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written by Jonshan, October 11, 2010
San Francisco Parking Meter systems are a good idea. i like any major city. is a serious challenge. So challenging that in the midst of circling.circling comes during high demand times like rush hours and lunch hours.



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